“Star Vineyard,” Rutherford Bench fruit. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented (about 10% new), aged on its lees, no malolactic. So this wine is not "buttery," however it gets ample richness from the quality of fruit, barrel and lees-ageing. Smell and taste poached pears, pie crust, ripe melon, apple butter, peaches. Medium bodied, medium acidity, plenty of richness. This will make an excellent dinner companion.
Notes from the distributor:
"Only a small quantity of Chardonnay is produced at Forman Vineyard. A passion for a more austere Chablis style wine from this noble grape has been Ric's goal for more than 36 years. Since 1980, the Rutherford Star vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench appellation has been the source of this wine - a benchmark for high-quality Napa Valley Chardonnay.
"The Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and exclusively fermented in Burgundy barrels. Left sur lees for 7 months, the wine is only racked once during its 9 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is intentionally inhibited. The wine emphasizes and develops a minerality which, with age, develops into a very racy and elegant food-worthy wine."